As well as music from the plays, “Bard’s Gallery” featured choral songs from Shakespeare’s time by Orlando Gibbons and John Dowland. More recent choral works using Shakespeare’s words by composers such as Vaughan Williams and Giuseppe Verdi were sung as well as music from filmed versions of Shakespeare's work such as Baz Luhrmann's “Romeo and Juliet” and Kenneth Branagh's “Henry V”.
The concert was topped off with acting, readings from the sonnets and with the choir joined by a host of special guests.
“War and Peace” featured the soaring harmonies of the Renaissance giant Josquin Des Pres whose beautiful hymn to peace, the “Agnus Dei” is derived from the most ferocious of war songs.
Other highlights included the beautiful harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel and a piece called “One of Us” with words by ex Prime Minister Paul Keating. The story of aboriginal resistance to colonialism was movingly portrayed in “The War without a Name” by Melbourne singer/songwriter Bruce Watson.
The Coach and Horses Inn at Clarkefield has a long history of ghostly happenings and was the perfect venue for our Halloween concert.
This concert drew on the whole sweep of the Halloween tradition from it's Celtic roots through Mediaeval harvest festivais , its association with All Souls Day to its modern incarnations.We sang music by Mozart, John Williams and Josquin des Prez.
A Children's Choir, a Magician and a tour of the spookiest parts of this impressive 1850's building completed the experience.
The Wesley Anne in Northcote was the venue for a concert of protest songs from the 1500s to the present day.
We sang songs of rebellion, resistance and perserverance by the revolutionary renaissance priest Martin Luther, British balladeer Billy Bragg, the Italian opera of Giuseppe Verdi and Australia's Midnight Oil.
The audience heard coded messages hidden in the spirituals of 1800s black America and English folk songs. There were rousing freedom songs from South Africa and the exquisite harmonies of 60's group Peter Paul and Mary.
The Holy and the Broken
In the beautiful Good Shepherd Chapel at the Abbotsford Convent, Sophie's Voice teamed up with Darcy Cornwallis and his band to mix up the scripturally inspired music of Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Paul Kelly with stunning sacred vocal music from the Renaissance.